This is 4/25. 4/24 does not circulate.
It's hard to objectively review this oft-noted show. It's for the hardcore and old-schoolers, since we only have an early-qual AUD, but from what you can hear it was a phenomenal show. This is at the Fillmore (named for Bill Graham in a jibe at other area promoters; though there is a Fillmore St nearby. Leasees Live Nation, after reopening Graham's original Fillmore in San Fran, have since extended the Fillmore name to venues in other cities). Back when it was the Mammoth the stage was on the side instead of the end, and they let in about 4000, so lot's of bad sound and seats. It's an old roller rink that became the factory for the Fritchle electric car, which was so far ahead of its time it even had regenerative braking!
It's been established
that this is the 25th. The 24th has never surfaced (it's too bad we don't have it because the encore was John Hammond backed by Pigpen on harp and guitar). The electricity was shut off twice, to get the band to quit (which they did as it was then around 2am). It's been suggested that there may have been an electric set first, but the majority opinion is that the acoustic set was longer instead - that we're missing a couple openers. Probably two from Deep Elem, Deep Jordan, Speedway, Dough Knees, Dire, Black Peter, Silver Threads, or Katie Mae. Because, after Uncle Johns Phil says "we're gonna bring out the electric set".
These shows came during some experimentation. The previous shows were at Family Dog, billed as
"Mickey & the Hart Beats with Bobby Ace and His Cards from the Bottom of the Deck!" (officially released as Family Dog at the Great Highway
)! The next date we have is 5/1 (with the great New Speedway). We only have a partial show here but it's still 1:44!
Eyewitnesses have said people were baffled by the folk music, as it was not generally known that they had evolved from a jug/folk band, and Workingman's
had not yet been released. So, the punters would have been most familiar with Live/Dead
, and that's what they shout for. The previous show at the venue was Jethro Tull. There used to be a kitchen at the north end (where the stage is now) and during the show some person in a hospital gown got in there and stabbed himself in the chest. A few months after these shows the venue closed for 11 yrs.
First Set. Starts a few songs in with I Know You Rider
. They keep going for 8min but it's a very basic, throwback version. Under-2-min Dead songs do exist! See Monkey & the Engineer
! Friend of the Devil
is the 10th one and the excellence comes through. At this point it's hard to hear Phil or Billy - it's pretty much just Jer. The response to Uncle John's Band
indicates they played it the night before. It's just about perfect; a SBD or better AUD would be great.
Second Set. Easy Wind
is great; gods a SBD of this would be brilliant. There might be a song between Cumberland
- probably a Bobby tune (BioDtL or TOO, since he already did a M&MU and Pig was ill and kept resting offstage). Dire Wolf
is okay - more dynamic than most - but it's the Dark Star
that stands out. Also more dynamic and episodic, the crowd finally enters familiar territory. There's a Feelin' Groovy@13min that becomes a Tighten Up@13:50. The cannon is loud on Saint Stephen
but the stellar playing is on The Eleven
, especially at the 10min mark (not the best part of the recording). After a brief Drum solo it enters a Jam into Good Lovin'
, which is missing at a cut. There may be a missing CR&S. It's a Man's World
cuts back on during the jam but it's mic-hidden-in-pocket sounding.
: B- (given what we have in the condition we have it)
Overall = 4 Stars
Friend of the Devil - the 10th one
Uncle John's Band - the source may be challenging but the playing is great
Easy Wind - brilliant
Dark Star - the scenery and segues are good
The Eleven - astonishing
SOURCES: The balance is bad on the cotsman.9498
. The gillis.17685
is pitched too slow. The remaster.sirmick.27205
is best, with the pitch fluctuations painstakingly settled.
mthurman - the mp3 sounds the same - it's your gear. MP3 encoding compresses the data, not the frequencies, and samples not only well-beyond the original tape (likely by over 10khz) but beyond the range of human hearing.